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Shopmade Luthier Tools #23: Violin Crack Clamp

06-21-2017 09:19 PM by Dave Rutan | 5 comments »

Last week I found a violin in the bone pile that looks like it’s trying to crack in half lengthwise. Not having any appropriate clamp to hold such a thing together for gluing, I put my mind to it and came up with this clamp. I made it out of 3/4 inch mahogany, using two pieces on each side. I did that so that I could easily create the groove on the inside of the curved parts to engage the lip on the edge of the violin. The groove is shallow so the clamp body won’t press...

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New woodshop #2: Shop layout

06-21-2017 06:31 PM by Combo Prof | 10 comments »

So far I have contacted an electrician to update electrical service. Currently there is a 100 amp panel in the house but only a 60 amp service meter. There is a 110 line and a 220 line running underground to the shop. The plan is to put a 200 amp service meter on the garage and place a 200 amp panel in the garage with a 100 sub panel in the house. (Maybe that means a 300 amp meter?) All power lines to be buried under ground. I have drawn up this shop layout plan. Please advise me ...

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Workshop recovery (South LA Flood 2016) #3: TS Cindy is passing through and creating a lake in my back yard

06-21-2017 02:33 PM by FreddieMac | 0 comments »

Well, unfortunately, I was unable to get the roof on before the rain hit us. TS Cindy is playing a bit of havoc on my build schedule with two rain delays already. So very little progress on the building itself. But, I did take the time to start planning out the inside of the building; which I have not focused on much. I took the time last night to work on some renderings of the new shop, moved some things around. I kinda layed out where everything will do. Here are some renderings. ...

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Shop stuff #97: A barn full of old hand tools

06-21-2017 12:36 AM by JimDaddyO | 3 comments »

I met this guy a few years ago. He is an older retired gent and he buys and sells old hand tools. It’s his hobby and he likes to get out and go to swap meets and markets and events all over southern Ontario buying and selling tools. I get most of my hand tools from him. He is a great guy and was kind enough to let me do a short video tour of his barn. He had a bunch of stuff packed away in his van in preparation of heading out to a show, but there is a lot left over. He does not d...

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Current Project #37: A very special experimental clamp

06-20-2017 09:41 PM by Dave Rutan | 0 comments »

And tomorrow I’ll post this after I get a photo of it in action.

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New woodshop #1: Purchase

06-20-2017 09:14 PM by Combo Prof | 13 comments »

I plan to retire in 2 or 3 years, so we bought a retirement wood shop. It came with a little house. So we are moving from a 4,000 square foot house to a 1,000 square foot house (excluding basements); from 1.9 acres to 0.15 acres; from difficult to travel to easy to travel; from little or no restaurants and stores to lots of them; from the UP to Southwest Michigan; from the forest to the rust belt; from copper country to tulip town; from Houghton to Holland. The house:...

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The Workshop #1: Starting off

06-20-2017 02:54 PM by Eric Moon | 2 comments »

The workshop project is underway. It will never end, I’m sure, but it has to begin somewhere. It all starts with a big honkin’ tool. I picked up a SawStop 3HP ICS (older CB model) from a local architectural school model shop. It was in great shape, except for a dead motor. I played with the motor a bit and got it spinning again (crapped out starter cap) but about 30 seconds in, the magic smoke escaped. So that means, time to buy a new motor. $300 + shipping + waiting + a...

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Workshop recovery (South LA Flood 2016) #2: Getting ready for the tropical depression

06-20-2017 02:19 PM by FreddieMac | 4 comments »

Looks like we got a bit of nasty wind and weather that will hit my area in the next couple of days. I wanted to get at least some on the roof to add some final stability to the new construction. I left the roof cap uncovered so that the wind would flow through hopefully not cause any damage. The sheeting should be up in short order with only three more needed to cover the entire roof, but that will probably be a weekend job given the rain over the next few days. Wanted to make sure the wi...

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Stanley 51/52 Shooting Plane #2: Progress on the clean up

06-20-2017 05:22 AM by Pjonesy | 6 comments »

In between other things I have been cleaning this piece of treasure very carefully so as not to destroy the originality of the item. Cleaning the rust off and still leaving the original machine marks is quite time consuming. The following pictures show progress so far. I still need to clean up wing nuts and other small parts, probably use electrolysis to do this. to the parts that have no existing finishes like nickel or zinc. According to records I have checked the plane was manufactured bet...

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Table Card Holders

06-20-2017 02:37 AM by woodify | 0 comments »

I was asked to make some table card holders this is what I came up with on short notice. View on YouTube

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